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Cabarete to Buen Hombre completed!

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Xtreme Kiteboarding Down-Winder Challenge from Cabarete to Buen Hombre!

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Charles Osterlund

 

“Words cannot do justice to what was seen and felt during the entirety of this Xtreme Challenge. I am so happy and stoked for everyone who not only supported but took on the challenge! It was an adventure of a lifetime that will stay in my mind for a long time. Looking forward to the next Xtreme Challenge in 2020!” — Charles Osterlund

A joke that turned into a reality!

12 Kite Boarders took on a never before attempted Xtreme Challenge in the Dominican Republic! Kiteboarding over 117km along the beautiful northern coastline of the island, from Cabarete to Buen Hombre.

It all started off as a joke between Charles Osterlund and Roberto Pereyra a couple of months ago in May. One night after work they were talking about possible downwinders that could be run in the Dominican Republic. After talking about a few options in the local area, a crazy idea came about to kiteboard from Cabarete to Buen Hombre which sounded basically impossible… The only way to make the journey would be if the weather was just right along the entire coast and if the kiter would have the endurance to keep the speed required to make it on time before nightfall.

After doing some research they found out that the distance between Cabarete and Buen Hombre by sea is around 110km. The math showed that if they maintained an average speed of 20kmph they would arrive in around 5 hours and 30 minutes. This calculation was based on everything going perfectly – from the wind starting early in the morning around 10:00 am – to the wind being equally strong along the coastline – to no equipment failures.

As more research and calculations were done, what seemed once somewhat possible started to seem to have very little to no chance of success and quite dangerous. This extreme challenge with very little chance of success and lots of risks involved brought up the idea of what now is “Xtreme Challenges”: challenges that are nearly impossible to successfully pull off. For the challenge to be accomplished the conditions must cooperate and the individual has to do whatever it takes to successfully manage it.

This first-ever Xtreme Down-Winder Challenge invited 12 kiteboarders from different ages, genders, backgrounds, and countries. The 11 men and 1 woman were of Dominican, Italian and Canadian nationalities, ranging from 20-62 years of age.

 

Xtreme Kiteboarding Down-Winder Challenge from Cabarete to Buen Hombre!

 

When the event window was set between August 12-18 it was a matter of time until the joke became a reality. 

Before the date of the challenge, many details had to be decided from the exact route at sea to safety measures. As the exact route was decided the safety measures had to be set in place from rescue routes, roadside assistance, and rescue boats following the kiteboarders in case of emergencies. 

We took all the safety measures, and we finally arranged to have two Rescue Boats that would try to follow these fast kite-boarders and rescue them if needed and the final safety measure being that each rider and support would have a phone which could help the riders and support communicate in case of emergency.

As the dates got closer to the event’s window, the weather forecast became more accurate and the 14th of August was selected as the official date for the Challenge to take place. Despite the Challenge having many variables and room for error, the event took place!

On the day of the inaugural event – all kiters were ready and at 10:20 am the 12 Kiters embarked on the journey and didn’t look back. After 2 hours and 45km of open sea crossing, they arrived at Punta Patilla, Puerto Plata. This was the first and only brief stop, to restock on water, food, and sunscreen for the remaining 70km of the challenge. Between Punta Patilla and Buen Hombre, the riders would have no other chance to stop – this was the moment were riders could decide whether to continue or drop out of the challenge. 

 

 

At this point – one rider decided to stop because of blisters on the hands while another challenger ended up caught in the reef leaving Punta Patilla and being injured in the legs severely enough to be taken out of the challenge.

Now only 10 riders were left kiting the last and longest leg of the Xtreme Challenge. While continuing down the coast, all the riders saw and experienced beautiful coastlines of the Dominican Republic normally unseen by much of the public.

At around the 65km mark, one kiteboarder experienced an equipment failure. His kite ripped in mid-air. Luckily the boat rescue was close enough behind to rescue him. As the challenge continued one other kiter was completely exhausted and forfeited outside “El Parque Histórico La Isabela” at the 83 km mark. This athlete was also successfully rescued by the support boat!

 

 

One Woman and 7 Men were left barely standing at the final destination of Buen Hombre – 6 Hours later and 117km from where they began in Cabarete!

 

 

This Xtreme Challenge was not only a feat of extreme mental and physical endurance for each challenger, but it was also a group effort to show the world that the Dominican Republic is a beautiful country to live in or visit, filled with adventure and life

The best part of the challenge was when everything was done and everyone just had a great time hanging out sharing in the experience. Through the challenge, everyone became a stronger person. The obstacle is truly the way.

September 2nd, 2019 will be the official release of the legendary adventure and never before attempted Xtreme Kiteboarding Down-Winder Challenge from Cabarete to Buen Hombre! The event was not only the longest recorded down-winder kiteboarding in the Dominican Republic but also the first to ever be completed as a large group which was completely supported by private individuals and businesses! All updates will be on the social media platforms of Liquid Blue Cabarete ( @lbcabarete ) on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Federico Diaz: ‘’Embracing our fears is the only way to overcome them’’

 

In the end, we hope by creating, attempting and sharing this challenge that we inspire others to push themselves above and beyond the norms – beyond limits. We are all living in one of the best and most difficult times and the only way to survive and thrive is in the Xtreme. 

“Even at 42 years old with a prosthesis implanted in my neck, I accepted the challenge from the beginning. I like to get out of the box and always change the route in my life, especially at sea. The different and unknown horizons fascinate me… Now I just hope to become even stronger for the next horizon…” — Samuela Mule: kitesurfer, event organizer 

 

Have Fun. Be Safe. Live Xtreme.

 

Contact Charles Osterlund – Event Founder & Organizer, or Samuela Mule – event Organizer, for further inquiries or media-related information.

Stay tuned for the 2020 Xtreme Challenge!

 

Contact: Charles Osterlund / Samuela Mule

Xtreme Down Winder Challenge – Dominican Republic

Teléfono: +1(849) 271-9573 / +1(829)  278-4114

Email: charles@biz-devholdings.com / info@zululand.it  

www.lbcabarete.com / @lbcabarete






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‘Toads and tarantulas’ coalition aims to win Dominican Senate

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Santo Domingo.- A coalition of opposition parties dubbed ‘toads and tarantulas’ on Thursday announced 24 joint Senate candidacies with alliances in as many provinces leading to the May 2020 elections.

It said the purpose is to out the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).

The Modern Revolutionary Parties (PRM), of the Dominican Workers (PTD), People’s Force, Christian Social Reformist (PRSC), Dominican Humanist (PHD), Christian Democratic Quisqueyano (PQDC), Social Democratic Revolutionary (PRSD), National Unity ( PUN), Frente Amplio and the Progressive National Force (FNP), Alliance for Democracy (APD), Dominicans for Change (DXC) and the Social Democratic Institutional Block (BIS) signed the agreement.

It reiterated that the candidacies by provinces under the coalition “ensure that in the elections of next May there will be a profound renewal in the composition and representativeness of the Senate of the Republic.”

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Shortly after the announcement, president Danilo Medina labeled the pact as a coalition of ‘toads and tarantulas,’ in apparent reference to their wide range of ideologies.





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Despite flap, the Govt. to buy more facial recognition cameras

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Santo Domingo.- The National Emergency Service on Thurs. said  that it’s expanding the surveillance camera system with equipment purchased from several suppliers, in acquisitions “which are carried out with full transparency.”

The Emergency System said that facial recognition cameras, referred to by US Senator Marco Rubio, and donated by China, have been used to strengthen citizen security and the surveillance system.

In a statement Emergency Service said the cameras “have improved the safety of our cities since their implementation in 2014, thanks to the collaboration of several partners.”

It adds that that surveillance system has been strengthened with financing and technical support from the United States Government, Taiwan and the technical support by Orange.

“In fact, we are currently expanding the camera system with equipment purchased from various suppliers, acquisitions that are carried out with full transparency.”





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AES Dominicana donates first smart solar sunflower in DR

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Santo Domingo.- The AES Dominicana Foundation donated to the Juan Bosch City Renewable Energy Theme Park, the first smart sunflower in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean region, as a contribution to the Government’s new initiative that will help create citizen awareness about the importance of energy sources that contribute to sustainability.

The entity, the social arm of the AES Group in the Dominican Republic, said the donation is part of its commitment to support projects that involve renewable energy, environmental preservation and efforts to achieve each less emission to the atmosphere.

The intelligent solar sunflower is located in the park’s Sol Station. It is also composed of a series of solar panels. It’s one of the main attractions of the park and has a capacity to generate 4,550 Kwh per year, in addition to having an innovative photovoltaic application that allows you to turn automatically following the path of the sun.

“It is an honor for the AES Foundation, to be part of the effort public-private Renewable Energy Theme Park in Ciudad Juan Bosch, built under the coordination of the Ministries of Energy and Mines and the Presidency, institutions that we congratulate on this initiative,” the Foundation said in a statement.





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